Co-founder & Chief Executive Officer

Steve Whisenant is Chief Executive Officer and co-founder of Haven Campus Communities. He is responsible for overseeing the strategic direction of the company as well as the ongoing facilitation of real estate partnerships.

Since 1969, Whisenant has been involved in more than 4 million square feet of retail development, primarily through his ownerships in Tri-Kell Investments, Inc. and Madison Retail, LLC. Most recently, Whisenant has added Haven Campus Communities to his portfolio of endeavors.

Whisenant earned a Bachelor of Science and Master of Science in Industrial Management from the Georgia Institute of Technology (Georgia Tech). He has been an active member of the Georgia Tech Alumni Association and is a former International Business Fellow. He has served as a guest lecturer at Georgia Tech, Georgia State University and the Darden School of Business at the University of Virginia.


Co-founder & President

As President and co-founder of Haven Campus Communities, Jay is responsible for overseeing the day to day operations of the company including the overall strategic direction and the oversight of partnership and development activity.

Jay has over twenty years of experience in real estate development, investment management and syndication, and has a diverse background as an investor, advisor and operating executive. He has previously served as President of Williams Realty Advisors, co-founder of Oxford Properties and CEO of Williams Investment Group.

Jay has experience working in an executive board capacity with numerous early stage companies including RealValuator and DataBridge (recently purchased by Zillow). He began his career working as a marketing executive for the Atlanta Committee for the Olympic Games. Jay has always been active in the community and currently serves on the Board of Directors of Open Hand and has previously served on the Board of Directors of the PATH Foundation as well as the Beck Foundation.


Vice President of Finance

Bryan Boyles is the Vice President of Finance for Elevation Development Group as well as VP of Finance for Haven Campus Communities. He is responsible for the financial underwriting of all development projects, as well as the management of entitlement and due diligence processes.

Bryan has over 10 years of experience in real estate development, acquisitions, and asset management. Prior to joining Haven, he worked for Novare Group, managing the development and operation of the commercial components of the company’s mixed-use projects. Most recently, he worked with CORO Realty Advisors in the asset management of office and retail properties valuing over $200 Million.

Bryan earned a Bachelor of Business Administration and a Master of Business Administration from the University of Georgia. He is currently an active member of the University of Georgia Young Alumni Association, and has been a member of the International Council of Shopping Centers and the Young Atlanta Retail Alliance.


Vice President of Asset Management

John Lim is the Asset Manager for Haven Campus Communities. He is responsible for overseeing the operational interests for stabilized assets as well as those under development.

Prior to Haven Campus Communities, John served as the Director of Leasing at The Richman Group where he was responsible for the development, implementation, execution, training, and analysis of marketing and leasing programs at newly constructed Class A multi-family residential developments valuing over $250 million. John has worked in the real estate industry for over 10 years and is also a licensed Georgia Real Estate Sales Agent.

John received a Bachelor in Business Administration with a major in real estate from the Terry College of Business at the University of Georgia.

Chase Powell

Development Manager

Chase Powell is the Development Manager for Haven Campus Communities. His responsibilities center around Haven’s development activity, which include planning, entitlement, financial analysis, and overall management of the development process from inception to stabilization.

Prior to Haven Campus Communities, Chase worked at MidCity Real Estate Partners as a Development Associate. Chase worked on projects in several different asset classes ranging from boutique office deals to large mixed-use, public-private partnerships. Chase also worked at Portman Holdings as a Development Analyst focusing on underwriting new multifamily, office, and hotel opportunities across the United States.

Chase holds a Master of Real Estate Development from Georgia Tech and a Bachelor of Science from Saint Joseph’s University. Chase is actively involved in ULI, RoswellNEXT, and Atlanta Young Real Estate Professionals.


Project Manager

Jeremy Ritz is Project Manager for Haven Campus Communities and is responsible for overseeing construction of Haven developments including cost allocation and budgeting from predevelopment throughout completion of the project, coordinating general contractors, architects, engineers and other consultants, in addition to management of the overall construction schedule.

Jeremy has been involved in the construction of student housing for almost a decade. He has collected experience across the United States in various levels of student housing from field superintendent to project manager.


Construction Manager

Chris Snavely is the Construction Manager for Haven Campus Communities. He is responsible for overseeing the day to day management of our General Contractors and monitoring the progress of our ongoing projects. Prior to joining Elevation Development Group, he worked for Traton Homes in Marietta, Georgia where he served as Project Manager over various job sites throughout the Atlanta area.

As a seasoned construction executive with over 20 years of leadership, Chris’s focus on proactive management solutions rather than reactive problem triage has resulted in the successful delivery of over $300 million in revenue. He earned a Bachelor of Business Administration degree from the University of Georgia in 1992.

Carol Hancock

Executive Assistant

Keith Campbell


Betsy Bailey

Accounts Payable Manager